Read & Download ✓ Angola Clausewitz and the American Way of War ì PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

Free download Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War

Read & Download ✓ Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à ✵ [BOOKS] ⚦ Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War By James M Dubik ✿ – For over twenty years the South AfriT type Each individual war should be seen for what it is uniue and those in charge should be prepared to make changes and reevaluate every step of the way to account for all the moving pieces and the realities on the ground In the same vein as The Direction of War by Hew Strachan McCain recognizes that US wars since have been poorly strategized This heavily researched volume challenges traditional approaches to conflict and suggests ways they could be improved. This is a very uick read and one that hopefully finds a wider audience among those professionals who are searching for insights applicable to current military conflicts in several areas of the world Indeed the United States is currently engaged in at least two and perhaps than four instances where there are multiple levels of actors of varying strength and legitimacy in open warfare in which our military and diplomatic goals are often in competition and where our full capabilities are under significant political and legal constraints In advocating for serious study of the South African Border War for insights and lessons to be learned Lieutenant McCain succeeds wildlyThe book provides a brief introduction to the groups involved and the history then covers three distinct aspects of the conflict that presage 21st century warfare Police Operations that shaped by the human and logistical geography border on the paramilitary; Variance in military vehicle strength and tactical adaptation in an environment extreme by any definition; and lastly the 32 Battalion a uasi covert force conducting a range of operations my limited knowledge would best describe as analogous to a wild card up one’s sleeve and indeed disbanded afterwards as too impolitic to retain The author concludes by fairly presenting the limitations of parties involved in the decision making processI enjoyed reading this and have only two complaints The first is based on my own limited knowledge as a civilian but to tailor the book to my ignorance would detract from its focus The second is eually selfish as while there isn’t anything missing in the author’s argument at each stage I found myself fascinated by the topic and eager for Indeed this is entirely the author’s fault as he has an eye for tantalizing points along the spectrum of politics and warfare that many are blind to even when he is applying theory Recommended

Free download æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é James M Dubik

For over twenty years the South African and the PDFEPUB #182 Border War was fought to counter the influence of Marxism Leninism and to maintain Angola Clausewitz MOBI #190 control of Namibia The South African people relied on cultural tools and adaptive strategies to protect their own interests John S McCain Clausewitz and the PDF #201 IV isn't interested in taking sides on this issue instead he analyzes the military's tactics operational effectiveness and str. The author begins Chapter Two by noting “Almost no critical analysis of the conflict has been conducted outside of a few books published in South Africa and the United Kingdom” This is a deeply misinformed way to begin a book about the border war that was waged on the frontiers of Angola and Namibia An even cursory review of the literature would reveal serious books by Steenkamp Venter Scholtz and Van Der Walls from a white South African perspective From the American perspective there are beautifully written books from Crocker and Gleijeses If you want the Angolan perspective there are numerous books written by the military historian Miguel Junior If you can read Spanish there are numerous Cuban accounts of the warSo how is the reader to evaluate a book when the author has not even bothered to read most of the important secondary sources let alone do any original research The best that can be said of this book is that the author writes clearly But to be honest this book reads like an undergraduate’s senior thesis than a serious piece of research In conclusion this is not a serious book

James M Dubik é 5 Free download

Angola Clausewitz and the American Way of WarAtegyAngola Clausewitz and the Clausewitz and the American Way MOBI #190 American Way of War explores the concept of strategy making in war within the context of the South African Border War It describes the danger of leaning on middle range theories over general theories and of starting the decision making process in the middle rather than at the top Wars should not be forced into a type as one thing or another and then assumed to be all the same based on tha. This is a most interesting little book and I could not help but write a few thoughts down immediately after finishing it This book has that kind of effect and can be read rather uickly The writing is very simple and the prose direct John S McCain IV a US Navy helicopter pilot and son of the late Vietnam Veteran US Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain really uncovered a largely unknown topic in his self published “Angola Clausewitz and the American Way of War” a study of the myriad counterinsurgency and anticommunist efforts conducted by the South African Defense Forces under the Apartheid Governments from the 1970’s after the Portuguese left Angola until the withdrawal of Cuban troops in 1988 and eventual grating of full independence to Namibia by South Africa Unfortunately the conflict known as the “Angolan Civil War” really lasted until 2002 when UNITA and the MPLA signed a peace agreement in April 2002McCain’s book is compelling not because of its level of detail or originality in research but because of its freshness here is a young US Navy Officer looking past well trodden “American Way of War” classic case studies such as Gettysburg Operation Torch the landings at Normandy or the Tet Offensive for something so much newer As a historian focused upon conflicts and wars in Africa—I applaud his originality He correctly notes that war outside the narrow confines of “The Western Way of War” ie decisive battle is uite rare—and studies of African conflicts rarer stillI do have some refinements I think worthy to note First I could not find a central unifying and overarching argument His leitmotif is the Clausewitzian dictum “The first the supreme the most far reaching act of judgement that the statesmen and commander have to make is to establish by that test that war is an instrument of policy the kind of war which they are embarking; neither mistaking it for nor trying to turn it into something that is alien to its nature This is the first of all strategic uestions and the most comprehensive” And I agree with his observation that “Hybrid” warfare is a meaningless category used by an American defense establishment consumed with warfare typologies instead of seeking to understand war—most importantly the relationship between battle and the political object of war peace However these are not in themselves arguments and while unified by the force of Clausewitz’s treatise “On War” I would like to see McCain’s argument clearly laid out Which gets to my second recommendation which I will admit is probably the result of me being a historian focused on military activities I believe some primary research would greatly strengthen the examples described the Koevet and the 32nd Battalion There are a great many tactical and operational lessons to be learned from these examples and an burgeoning literature largely coming from Southern Africa including “The War for Africa Twelve Months that Transformed a Continent” “Battle For Angola The End of the Cold War in Africa 1975 89” “The South African Defence Forces in the Border War 1966 1989” “Mobile Warfare for Africa On the Successful Conduct of Wars in Africa and Beyond Lessons Learned from the South African Border War” or even the theoretical “Composite Warfare The Conduct of Successful Ground Force Operations in Africa” Of course these are all very recent additions to the literature Consistent with those recent studies about warfare in Southern Africa McCain alludes to an “African Way of War” when he notes “a style of fighting but also a distinct mind set about warfare that was not seen anywhere else and that contains incredible lessons for the astute observer” pg 18 The relationship between culture and war and warfare is complex and it would be interesting to see that examined closely Finally while I fully agree that politics must coincide and link with military strategy as described in the final chapter “Conclusion and implications” I am unsure how to get at that as an Active Duty military officer We are really uite apolitical Of course so was the Wehrmacht in WWII much to its discredit and demise In any case an incredible introduction to the subject of war in Africa and a clarion call for the American military to look further afield to understand war Thank you John